Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Westboro Baptist Church member: why I picketed Radiohead

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Just a quick update - yesterday on this blog, I reported on the latest picket by the ludicrous and despicable Westboro Baptist Church, outside a concert by Radiohead in Kansas City.

The justification offered by the WBC on their website was pretty baffling - Radiohead were described as "Freak monkey's with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness", and apparently that was enough to annoy God (describing Radiohead with the term "lightness" has to be a new one).

News of the picket has, unsurprisingly, caught the eyes of music fans, and one writer in particular, Wilbert Cooper of Vice magazine, decided to investigate further. Why, exactly, are the WBC so against Thom Yorke and co? He tracked down Steve Drain, "a Southerner who does media outreach and marketing for Westboro", and discovered something surprising – while Drain hates Radiohead for saying "it’s OK to be gay", he actually kind of likes their music, although, like many fans, he thinks it's been downhill since their seminal 1997 album OK Computer. Oh, and he's also a fan of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

I won't spoil the interview any further – go and have a read yourself.

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